MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin will host the 34th-annual Ohio Valley History Conference from Oct. 18-20. This is the first time for UT Martin to host the event, which is open to registered guests only.
The Ohio Valley History Conference is the oldest and largest gathering of historians in both Tennessee and Kentucky. The conference will welcome between 70-90 professional historians and graduate students from across the country to present their research on public, digital and teaching histories. This year’s conference will emphasize research on the centennial of United States participation in World War I and the semicentennial of 1968.
Panel sessions will run throughout the morning on both Friday and Saturday in the Boling University Center. Most panels will include presentations on three related topics with insight from a specialist and an opportunity for questions from the audience.
Session topics include Native American relationships with white Americans in early U.S. history; race and slavery in antebellum and modern America; American diplomatic history; modern military history; women’s suffrage; Progressive Era women’s history in Tennessee; the civil rights movement; American diplomatic history; and America’s experiences in the American Revolution, the Civil War, the Cold War and World War I.
Dr. Thomas Bruscino, associate professor at the U.S. Army War College, will present “From the Old World to the New: The Meuse-Argonne Campaign and the Birth of the American Century” during a banquet Oct. 19. Bruscino is the author of “A Nation Forged in War: How World War II Taught Americans to Get Along” and “Out of Bounds: Transnational Sanctuary in Irregular Warfare.”
He holds a doctorate in military history from Ohio University and has served as a historian for the U.S. Army Center of Military History in Washington D.C. and the U.S. Army Combat Studies Institute at Fort Leavenworth.
Rebecca Price, founder and president of Chick History in Nashville, will speak at a luncheon Oct. 20. Her presentation, “The March to the 19th,” features a documentation of women’s history in Tennessee specifically relating to the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.
Price is a museum curator with professional experience in nonprofit programming, administration, and strategic communications and marketing. She earned her Master of Arts in museum studies from George Washington University and has worked for the American Association for State and Local History, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and several historic homes and museums.